Throwback: Kyle Busch Escapes a Horrific Last Lap Crash at Daytona Without a Scratch

Published 05/11/2020, 9:35 AM EDT


Kyle Busch had a close escape during the last lap of Drive4COPD 2012. The drive lost the race but managed to escape without a scratch.

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It is now known as the NASCAR Racing Experience 300. And it is the most prestigious season opener race at the Daytona International Speedway. In 2012, After the last-lap crash with all the leaders bumping into each other James Buescher got the 1st place.

Even though the crash looked very serious Kyle Busch was racing in the Daytona 500 two days later as if nothing had happened. There’s a possibility that he had an internal injury that the general public never found out about, but that seems unlikely.

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Some observers commented on the last lap crash explaining its severity.  “His car took that hit rather well. It was mostly a square hit, not at a horribly oblique angle, and the front of the car crumpled like it should.”

He added, “The compression of the front of the car absorbs energy from the crash and lowers the deceleration rate so it’s easier on the occupant. I’m sure it still wasn’t pleasant for him, but compared to some other hits we’ve seen that one was surprisingly tame from a crashworthiness perspective.”

Kyle Busch, 2015 crash in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300

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In 2015, more than eleven cars got involved in two separate incidents. The major one was Kyle Busch crashing into a solid divider head-on, enduring a fracture in his leg and foot. Because of his wounds, Busch had to miss the initial 11 races of the Sprint Cup Series season. However, he would in any case figure out how to win the season title.

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NASCAR Racing Experience 300

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The NASCAR Racing Experience 300 is the main race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season. A 300-mile-long race held annually at Daytona International Speedway. It is held before the Daytona 500, and is viewed as the most esteemed occasion of the Xfinity Series. Until 2002, it was the main occasion of the Xfinity Series to be every year held at Daytona International Speedway.

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Mrinal Kuniyal

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Mrinal Kuniyal has been a contributor to EssentiallSports since early 2020 and has focused on Formula 1, NASCAR, and IndyCar. He's a management graduate and his areas of interest include motorsports, marketing, and music.

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